St. John’s is nestled in the small town of Wallis, Texas, population 1200, on Texas 36 between Rosenberg and Sealy. Wallis was founded in 1830 along the Santa Fe Railway. Between 1925 and 1943 the population grew from 800 to 900. It peaked in 1991 with 1400 people.
St. John’s was founded as a preaching point and organized in 1921. Always a small town congregation, worship has declined over the years to an average of 21 last year. But they’ve been experiencing some growth this year. Today there were 38.
Today I installed Pastor Kirstin Springmeyer as pastor. She has been serving the congregation on a temporary basis until now. Pastor Springmeyer is a chaplain in the Neonatal Intensive Care Unit (NICU) of Texas Children’s Hospital in Houston. She serves the smallest and most vulnerable people in Houston. https://bishopmike.com/2013/01/31/childrens-hospital-chaplain/
Part time she also serves the people of St. John’s. The folks at St. John’s provide beautiful bereavement gowns for the families of infants that don’t make it at Children’s, a sacred service to those suffering an unthinkable loss.
The spirit was good here. Giving is up, both to the congregation and beyond. The congregation gives away 16% of its budget in mission support to the church and benevolence to the wider community. And, with 31 members, their worship attendance today was more than their membership. 🙂